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Belle’s Journey

Written by Dr. Rob Bierregaard & Illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Take flight with Belle, an osprey born on Martha’s Vineyard as she learns to fly and migrates for the first time to Brazil and back–a journey of more than 8,000 miles.

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IMPORTANT: Messages from osprey experts

Rob Bierregaard July 1, 2015 at 7:24 am
I haven’t seen the little guy yet this morning, but I would be very surprised if he survived the night. That sure was tough to watch yesterday, but that whole process is as much a part of the essence of being an Osprey as is eating a fish. It’s part of the life of Ospreys that was rarely seen before we started putting cameras in nests. As hard as it is, we should not label the behavior as mean or cruel. Being mean or cruel implies that there is intent to do harm just for harm’s sake. Those young were responding to a set of stimuli (very little food being delivered to the nest and the presence of a very small young) in a way that evolution has hard-wired into them. It helps ensure their survival. Nature is not cruel. It is harsh, unforgiving, and often random (had the little guy been born 1st, he would have been just as aggressive as was his sibling), but not cruel or mean.

4818eecc88292926c58414a82c884c71Paul Henry ospreyzone July 1, 2015 at 8:17 am
Thanks Rob for bringing your knowledge and experience to help us all gain perspective here. We are all saddened by the events that unfolded before our eyes and it’s only natural for all of us to feel and express our emotions appropriately. There have been many issues pertaining to intervention which have been discussed amongst us all. There is no doubt in my mind that the right decision was made, to let nature take it’s course. By the way, that doesn’t equate to heartless, on the contrary, nobody feels worse about this then the apparent decision makers. I say apparent, because when all was said and done, and all the issues were properly weighed, there really weren’t any other options. It was clearly pointed out, by experts, that intervening at this stage could have spooked the whole nest to the point of losing all the young. If the little one was saved, and nursed back to health, what kind of a life would it have had, perhaps caged up in a zoo. I remember when I was younger I saw a golden eagle in captivity, caged behind a wire mesh. I could practically see it’s tears. As far as placing the little one in another nest, such a low probability of success would never have justified the possibility of spooking the nest. There’s a piece of me, however heavy hearted, that believes that perhaps it is better to be born free and die free. We mourn for the little one as we marvel at the wonders of nature.

Reprinted with the permission of John W. Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your query, and you have my admiration for persevering. We know very well how tough your job is, including dealing with an anxious public.

Our policy with our Bird Cams project is essentially “just say no” to pleas for interference. The behavior you are witnessing – while seemingly cruel and heartless to us – is natural for many kinds of birds, especially those that feed on variable, unpredictable food supplies. The little nestling does have a chance to survive, but if it does not then that result was “meant to be” by the nature of Osprey breeding strategy. The wonderful things about these nest cameras also sometimes yield the difficult things for us to watch. As you might know, we actually post a “siblicide alert” on some of our cams where we suspect the possibility exists.

I’m copying your note to Charles Eldermire, project leader for our Bird Cams. He may have some additional comments, and he would be the one to ask if we might be able to use your stored files for biological analysis.

Best wishes, and good luck,

John W. Fitzpatrick

Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

In addition, Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Writes:

It’s also important to acknowledge that intervening can also cause problems of its own—depending on the ages of the birds in the nest, disturbing them can trigger an early fledge. We have restricted the scenarios in which we would even consider intervening to injuries or dangers that are explicitly human-derived. For example, 3 or 4 years ago we were alerted by viewers that one of the osprey chicks at the Hellgate Osprey nest was entangled in monofilament line. We consulted with our partners there (wildlife biologists, raptor researchers, raptor rehabbers) to determine if the monofilament was an issue, and if intervening was both likely to solve the issue AND not have bad effects on the other nestlings. In the end, a quick trip to the nest was scheduled via a bucket truck, the monofilament was removed, and the nestlings all eventually fledged. In that case, all of the permits were already in hand to be studying the ospreys, and we had already discussed how to approach issues in the nest.

Good luck to the young one—hope it all turns out well.


Charles Eldermire
Bird Cams Project Leader
Cornell Lab of Ornithology


I’ve been to your site—great cam! And I noticed the runt in the nest. This is just normal Osprey reproduction. It happens all the time and you should not intervene. It’s tough to watch, but it’s how nature works. Ospreys almost always lay 3 eggs and on average fledge between 1 and 1.5 young each year. They stagger the hatch so there is a spread of ages in the young. That way, if food is short, the first-hatched (and therefore largest) will get enough food to survive while the smaller nest mates do not. If all three young were the same size and there was only enough food for 1 young, none of the young would get enough food and they would all die. If there’s lots of food, the smallest will eventually get fed and can survive. These nest cams can show some gut-wrenching scenes. The most infamous perhaps was one of the very first Osprey cams (on Long Island somewhere), where the smallest young died. One of the adults carried it out of the nest and after several minutes flew back into the nest and fed it to the other young. Waste-not-want-not at its goriest. At Hog Island up in Maine just last week a Bald Eagle came in and took the young out of the nest. Last year at another nest, cameras documented a Great-horned Owl taking young Ospreys out of a nest in NJ or MD. All of these things have been going on for millions of years and Ospreys are doing fine.

Rob Bierregaard
Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University

“Interesting. They don’t often take over osprey poles—probably too small for them. They will coopt tree nests, which they can expand. We had a pair of eagles do this on the Vineyard. They built up the Osprey nest a lot and then the Ospreys came home and drove the eagles away, in a David v. Goliath story. The Ospreys successfully bred. They looked tiny in the nest, which sadly blew down this winter.”

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    1. CarolV September 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm - Reply

      HELEN– I work at King Kullen. I didn’t see any of the osprey today, but I could have just not looked out when they stopped in. The male -over the past 7-8yrs, has been fairly consistent about staying till the 25th. Juvs have always gone before him, when there were any. One year, when a juvie stayed late, the male stayed as late as 10/2. I’m on vaca this coming week, so I won’t get to see if he stays around. Bad planning on my part!!!!!

      • Helen September 24, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

        Omigoodness – may I ask for you the next time I am there?

    2. rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Here is a Little something I made real quick of G&G hope you like.

    3. Tom H September 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      On Sept 17, 2016

      at 18:54:40, after much squawking from Brutus beforehand, Dad provides some take-out. When is that kid gonna fend for himself 🙂 ?

      at @19:13 Brutus flies off after finishing off dinner.

    4. CarolV September 17, 2016 at 8:16 pm - Reply

      Looks like Brutus saying grace……….

      FORECAST: cloudy, hovering @70 all night…………….Sunday- overcast;mid-high 70s, increasing humidity, building to probable rain late in evening-hopefully

    5. elaine September 17, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

      Brutus continues to fly to the nest and cry for George to bring her fish. I wonder if she has any hunting skills or did she lose her skills from some trauma event? George did bring her fish this evening around 6:00 pm.

    6. CarolV September 17, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      Brutus was back and forth to the nest or perch several times thru the late afternoon, calling.

      @6:54pm, George arrives, to the cheers of Brutus…..He does a drop and go of a med-small whole fish. No complaints from Brutus.!!!

      • CarolV September 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply


      • CarolV September 17, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        @7:12pm–Brutus had finished her fish and put on a sailboat hat just before she flew out……………

        • CarolV September 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm - Reply

          Cut off the time–19:12

        • Bre September 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm - Reply

          Lol CarolV love this pic with the sailboat hat! Very funny (laughing still) hehe

    7. CarolV September 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Did 4 hr scrollback when I got home. There was a lonely 1/2 fish laying on the nest……….Brutus came in around 3:40 and sat around, calling for a bit…took fish and flew out
      Just noticed date was added to video i.d……Very helpful…THANK YOU!

      • Betsy September 18, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

        CarolV: Oh, ye who notices all the boats, paddle-boarders, and kayakers, did not notice!! 😀 😀 It was added around 4:30 pm on September 16th!!

    8. Monica September 17, 2016 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Hello All!!

      I haven’t been able to log on these past few days. So, I’m totally lost. Would someone please update me? I’d much appreciate it. 🙂

      • CarolV September 18, 2016 at 12:01 pm - Reply

        Hi! George and Brutus still here. Brutus has decided she is no longer hunting and is keeping George busy taking care of his princess

        • Monica September 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm - Reply

          CarolV – thanks! So, when did Gracie, Ali and Rocky left?

          • Monica September 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

            Correction – when did they leave?

    9. Helen September 17, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      George must be really frustrated and anxious – I know I am. Hope they both go soon. God speed to both……

    10. Marlene September 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      I asked this question a few days ago, but I do not think anyone answered: I’ve always been able to scroll back four hours and check to see if anything is new in “fast motion.” However, now when I use the red scroll bar to rewind the stream up to 4 hours and then hold my mouse button and scroll forward, the screen is black. It does not allow me to watch what’s happening in “fast motion,” like I used to. I now have to sit here and let it all play out in four hours’ time vs. approximately 3/4 hours before. Am I the only one with this problem? I hope everyone understands what I’m asking. Thanks!!

      • CarolV September 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm - Reply

        Same problem here, since the last video break down.

      • Paula September 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

        Hi Marlene,
        I’ve had the same problem since the video feed was down last week. I just try to move up every 5 minutes and hope I don’t miss anything. It is an annoyance but at least there is Live Feed, so I will take that for sure.

      • Betsy September 18, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

        Marlene: We all do! When the feed came back Monday morning the thumbnail preview on the scrollbar was not functioning. Here’s a trick that I do: I open two OZ windows side by side (adjusted to fit side by side across width of laptop). Then say it’s 3 pm and I haven’t watched in a few hours, since say 10 am. I find it easiest to use 1/2 hour increments (psychologically!!), so I’ll put the left window at 10 am and the right window at 10:30 am, bump up the speed in settings to 2 and presto, I’ve watched 1 hour of video in 15 minutes!! (It’s easy, now, since the nest is empty a lot and Brutus is basically the only one coming to the nest, and s/he usually just stands there begging for a fish!!) Then I make the windows 11 am and 11:30 am (actually, I’ll jump to 11:30 am in the left window and let the right window, which s/b at 11 am, continue). Presto, 2 hours in 1/2 hour viewing!! And, so forth. If I’m really in a rush, I’ll open 3 windows and do the same, knocking out those 3 hours in 1/2 hour!! 😀 😀

    11. kathy B September 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Brutus still here on nest at 3:30pm.

    12. Michael G. Martin September 17, 2016 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Hello Group
      I believe George will be leaving today or early ( Sunrise ) tomorrow. When George left last year the Moon Phase was a Waning
      15.9 Days Old. Tonight the Moon’s Phase will be a waning Moon 15.9 days old
      As for Gracie’s departure last years Moon Phase was approximately the same as this years Phase. It maybe a coincidence, so let’s wait and see what happens.


    13. JP(K) September 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      George delivering fish on the nest whit the juvenile at his heels at around 11:30am. I was scrolling back and if it weren’t for the half a fish disappearing I would have missed it. George flies off shortly after, leaving the fish for the juvie, who doesn’t even bother trying to eat it. By 11:40 it flies off to the left. Since it seems rather late in the season and reports are that last year this was the day George and Sandy left, I’m wondering if this is the last we will see of them…

    14. Robert September 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

      It is ironic that Brutus (The Brutal One) seems least equipped to face the future. You would think that he would have been the “first” to demonstrate all of the skill sets necessary for survival. Rocky the “Underbird” has it all over on him. You know what they say, karma is a “bird”. I don”t see a bright future for #1.

      • Paula September 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply


        Please don’t say that. I have spent the summer cursing this bird for picking on Rocky(Littlebit) but now I’m really concerned for her. She was doing very well and then I’m pretty sure she started her migration and then Hermine scared her back home and I think she has decided that she likes it at home and she might just stay but we all know that she can’t. That is not in the cards for her and I really wish George would stop babying her and then she can re-learn to take care of herself. Because as mean as she was to Littlebit and as much as I wished bad things at the time for her I really think the world would be less without her.

        • Lorri September 19, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

          Hi Paula. I wouldn’t worry about Brutus. The ability to fish is innate in ospreys and cannot be forgotten; she was born with all she needs. What we are seeing now, her soliciting for food at the nest, is completely normal behavior for juveniles to exhibit right up until they migrate (and she will do that when she decides it is her time). Brutus has demonstrated the skills to catch fish, and now she is just taking advantage of Dad feeding her so she can build up her reserves for the big trip ahead of her. It might actually increase her odds.

    15. Rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      9-17-16 Reply to CarolV ?I think it’s a tiger lol. ?
      I missed up date on pic of Sandy that I posted earlier and then replied to Helen with the same wrong date. I don’t know what the heck I was thinking of but did re-post the info on when they left last year. I swear I think all these changes with my iPhone is really messing me up.. I know you said you didn’t like either but have you noticed how pictures are stored and show up? Yes it has positive there are some easy features to use but I just got used to the way it was. Oh well I guess this is what keeps us learning and change is good makes us learn new things, that’s what they say anyways.

    16. Rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      ALL- My Mistake -Correction for my mistake on the dates.I am so sorry if I confused everyone and I also replied to Helen with an incorrect date here are the correct dates when they left the date I put on my picture was incorrect.
      The picture of Sandy and George 2015 was the last day they were seen together On 9-26-15

      Sandy and George last seen September 26
      9/27/15 confirm 24hrs no birds/left 9/27/15

      Ronnie last seen September 12, 2015

      • CarolV September 18, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

        That was a sentence and a half!!!!!! But if I never made a mistake, I could judge you… no
        comments here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bre September 18, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal I remember that day Sept 26th..(Sandy & Geo) leaving was my birthday, was very special indeed also feeling a little anxious for Brutus, would be
        nice to see some signs of survival independence choices she may not leave George’s side even when they depart, she follows him like a hawk mostly as we have
        witnessed for food, you can tell he knows she doesn’t like to be alone for very long, she gets separation anxiety, when she calls for him it’s not always because she is
        hungry, when he delivers her fish she may leave it or just hold on to it or sometimes to me, even looks like she is mad and just rips the fish apart without eating much of it
        lol I’ve seen her fish for herself so that is a relief! Prayers.. natural instincts kicks in 😉

    17. Rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      9-17-26 Reply-Helen no need to be concerned or worried George left on this date with Sandy last year. There is still plenty of time but I think it’s going to happen any day now. If George does the same as last year they should be leaving any day now.

    18. Helen September 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      11:30 – both still there…..

    19. rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

      9-17-16 Ok looks like I am wrong, I really thought today was the day the way Geo and Brutus were acting. I will be watching carefully since not this morning maybe tomorrow they will leave. Geo just showed up at 11:30 am with fish for Brutus and if they were going to leave it is usually in the early morning. I am kind of torn I want them to leave before the storms and bad weather come but I also want them to stay.

    20. isobel September 17, 2016 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Well Betsy thank you for making me laugh again.I also looked the word skein up after I read your post. Wonderful what you learn when you watch OZ. While I am here as I don`t post often but watch every day can I thank everyone for sharing all the photos, videos and all the entertaining posts, it makes my day. Also all at osprey zone for making it possible.Hope our family all thrive and enjoy a sunny winter down south.Roll on spring. Haste ye back George and Gracie. Best wishes to all.

      • Betsy September 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm - Reply

        isobel: Thank you!! P.S. I meant to put skein of geese, but forgot to put geese after skein!! 😀

    21. Helen September 17, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      I feel a little better. Saw one at Cutchogue and one returned to the nest next to me. I think he had left but then came back. Hope they all take off soon. So maybe ours is just leaving late.

    22. Donna September 17, 2016 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Brutus has been back and forth to the nest this morning crying. Hasn’t returned with any food, so not sure what’s going on with him. George is not showing up and it looks like he’s on his own now.

      • Donna September 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

        @11:30 am ESTGeorge brought in a headless fish to the nest and Brutus was right with him when they landed. George left and Brutus just sat there looking at the fish? After a few minutes he leaves without eating the fish.

        • Betsy September 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

          Donna: I saw that!! Brutus to not grab the fish and then to fly off without it!! How weird was that??!! 😀

    23. rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

      EVERYONE -2015 THIS IS PIC OF SANDY ON MORNING SHE LEFT W GEO THE ( Farewell George flying around the nest to get Sandy to follow ‎September ‎17, ‎2016, ‏‎8:25:04 AM )

      • CarolV September 17, 2016 at 6:33 pm - Reply

        Rjoneal- I went back and found comments dated 9/26-27, 2015, about Sandy being spotted one morning and not the next day.

    24. June c September 17, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

      George delivered fish around 7:50..Good to be home, missed our family..I think today will be the day. I hope they do leave today for weather not going to be bad for flight down. Fell fortunate was able to see them…Shout out :
      To all who made this site wonderful..Thank You…..and to my Osprey ya!

    25. rjoneal September 17, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Brutus in and out of nest all morning came back soak and wet but no fish, of course calling out to Geo. A crow flying near scares Brutus to leave nest or I think it did, Brutus takes off doing the usually calling. You can hear Geo in the background, it sounds like Geo, though not for sure since you can see him.
      We all know when the crows start moving in its time they should have already migrated.
      Brutus must have had such trauma on his/her first trip out,maybe due to hurricane storms or anything could have happened that Brutus just really does not want to go.
      I think today might be the day folks!

    26. Helen September 17, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

      I am getting concerned that he/she has not left yet. And possibly not George either because he is so responsible. I don’t understand it. There were two left in Cutchogue the other day and I will check when I go by this morning.

    27. Betsy September 17, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

      Brutus was back at the nest at 7:32 am. After almost 20 minutes of hollering, George came with a fish for Brutus.

      • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

        George left after his delivery

        • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 8:10 am - Reply

          A few minutes later Brutus flew away with the fish

      • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply


    28. Betsy September 17, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Brutus flew to the nest this morning at 6:22 am. S/he stayed on the nest for almost 12 minutes before flying away. George did not come with a fish.

      • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 7:00 am - Reply

        Back she came at 6:52:44

        • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

          An osprey flew near the nest while s/he was there and then an osprey could be seen skimming the water. Brutus called to it … I hope George is still here. Then Brutus flew away.

          • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 7:18 am - Reply

            A couple of minutes later a crow was on the nest

            • Betsy September 18, 2016 at 7:52 am

              And, yesterday morning, mockingbirds came to the nest several times.

    29. CarolV September 17, 2016 at 6:15 am - Reply

      Another day to explore…wakin’ up to a chilly 54 on my side of the island…57 in East Marion. Some clouds this a.m. with sun this afternoon-temps mid 70s.

      Everybirdy—have a fine day!

      • CarolV September 17, 2016 at 6:26 am - Reply

        And Brutus arrives……….Breakfast? Breakfast? Heeellloooooooooooooooooo? Breakfast?

    30. Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Brutus was back for the last time of the day at 18:16:32. She stayed for almost an hour, nearly in the same position, calling almost continuously for George to get her/him a fish.

    31. Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:06 am - Reply

      After Brutus flew off at 7:54 am with the little remnant of fish that was George’s second fish delivery in the morning I expected to see Brutus back at the nest relatively quickly (as in minutes!! 😀 ). As the hours ticked by, I thought, “Wow, I guess s/he finally started migration.” 😀 😀 Then I heard her/him as s/he flew to the nest just before 12:39 pm!! Not gone, not yet!! She didn’t stay long, flying off at 12:44:36.

      • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:07 am - Reply

        George flew to the nest at 14:08 with a partial fish and then Brutus flew in seconds later to grab it. George flew off less than 1/2 minute after making his delivery. Brutus flew off a few minutes later.

        • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:09 am - Reply

          Sounded like Brutus dashed past the nest at 15:49

          • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:11 am - Reply

            Brutus was back at the nest at just after 16:33 and George flew in 1/2 minute later with a fish delivery for Brutus. Then, off George went and a minute later off Brutus went.

            • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 2:12 am

              Brutus was back to the nest at 17:21:18, where she stayed for almost 20 minutes before flying off, calling for George but getting no response.

    32. rjoneal September 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      9-16-16 This is the first night since Brutus has been back that Geo did not bring fish in for dinner and bedtime snack. Brutus kept begging and would stay for hours then leave and of came back around dinner time stayed till almost dark. I tried to see if Brutus flew towards water to see if he/she went fishing but it looked like Brutus flew off nest and went under it could not get a view. Brutus never came back to nest as of 9:34 pm so either went fishing or went to bed hungry. I think Geo did this on purpose to either get Brutus to want to migrate and or get Brutus to fish on its own so that George can see if Brutus can fish and if so Geo will be pushing Brutus to leave.

    33. JudithW September 16, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

      At almost 7:10 pm I think George flew under the nest toward south and Brutus dropped off the nest edge and flew with him. The moon had just appeared on the horizon.

    34. CarolV September 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      as of 6:30– Brutus is looking for dinner; has been in and out several times this p.m., calling

    35. JudithW September 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      So Brutus and George didn’t head south, and dear Brutus is once again singing for her supper. Perhaps it’s true, as another suggested earlier, that Brutus flew into the hurricane and was so traumatized that she’s afraid to head out again.

    36. Betsy September 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm - Reply

      Ooh, a date now on the frame along with the time!!

    37. Carol September 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      The osprey in Southampton are still here.

    38. Diane September 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      At 14:08 today (Friday, Sept 16) George flew in with half-eaten fish. Brutus followed and took fish. George flew off. Brutus stayed a minute or 2 and then flew off with fish.

    39. rjoneal September 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      9-16-16 Bob my friend I hope you have a speedy recovery,rest,fluids, and do all the things you need to in order to get better. (Dont push yourself) Awhile back I did reply to you, kinda a farewell, since it sounded like you were saying goodbye as well. If you have time when you feel better go back and review. Best wishes to you and your family.

      • Bob September 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

        Thanks RJ. I’m still around and feeling much better thank you. But, you are correct. No matter how long it takes to clear the nest and get Brutus on his way I am done for this season but I did not want to ignore your caring concern. Yours, Bob

    40. rjoneal September 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm - Reply

      9-16-16 Gina, since you made statement you have not read comments in awhile please go back to 9-12 -16 5:39 pm page 53 I posted a reply to you and just want to make sure you saw it. 🙂
      Also I posted 9-13-16 8:20 pm / 9-14-16 8:38 am & 10:57 pm / 9-15-16 8:58 pm / look back when you get some time I posted pic of eye balls and one of the 3 babies when they were young.
      Love my Osprey Family and Followers!

    41. Helen Feigel September 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks to all who make this possible. You have a lot of fans and we appreciate all you do. Why does summer goes so fast? Now we have to wait for March 2017! Wow, a long time.

    42. CarolV September 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Around 2 pm- Anyone know? Are these sailboats with their sails down? Couldn’t think why all these posts were suddenly out there…

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:08 pm - Reply

        3:03pm- Just saw this guy on left motoring out of the inlet. Guess they’re having a meeting of the mast-ers out in the bay……………….

    43. CarolV September 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      2:08pm- Look out below!!!!…………Hey, slow down, Kid!!!

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

        Brutus falls in to get her fish…..

    44. Betsy September 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      At 12:24 pm, a skein (heehee — I Iooked it up!!) flew by.

    45. JudithW September 16, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Around 6:15 on Sept 15 Brutus was singing for her supper, but as far as I know George didn’t show up. I had to leave about 6:30 and haven’t seen Brutus since. Maybe she’s headed south.

    46. Pattie September 16, 2016 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Seems Brutus has lost her voice this morning I really wish she would try and fend for herself ugh

    47. Renee September 16, 2016 at 8:28 am - Reply

      George delivering another fish this morning a little while later, smaller and headless, a look is worth a thousand words. I think George is saying enough is enough, time to go lol! Brutus had something to say about that, but George left and she kept rambling on….

      • Redkayak September 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        notice Brutus didn’t grab at it immediately. It was a civil exchange.

    48. DarDar September 16, 2016 at 8:23 am - Reply

      No matter what the reason Brutus is having a very hard time catching fish now and Geo may have to leave solo. Maybe some have noticed that no other migrating osprey have even stopped by in a long time for rest or food. Geo has to leave soon and hopefully Brutus can step up his/her game asap. Wishing well to both.

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

        DarDar- Just checked back and found that George stayed with Sandy till 9/27 or 9/28 last year. And I know from watching the Verizon nest for 7-8 seasons, Vic generally stays till 9/25 or so, even as late as 10/2 one year, whether he had a juvie to watch over or not. So I’m in no panic that these guys are hanging around. We’ve seen that Brutus CAN catch her own fish. George is just doing his parent duty, and hopefully, Brutus will be in the groove again when she needs to be. I, too, wish them all well. And all our osprey addicted family of watchers, too!!!!!

    49. Renee September 16, 2016 at 8:19 am - Reply

      George delivering break-fish to Brutas…

    50. CarolV September 16, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

      @7:45am- George is back with another fish; Brutus is so close behind , you can see her wing tip on upper left.

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 8:06 am - Reply

        Brutus almost looks patient…oh, yeah…she just ate !!!!!

    51. CarolV September 16, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

      6:12amEDT- Brutus calling in breakfast—–Yay…yay…yay…

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 7:59 am - Reply

        George delivers…..Brutus ate for a few minutes; left

    52. Sundeck9 September 16, 2016 at 7:38 am - Reply

      6:12 a/\.m. B came flying onto nest yakking up a storm, and George was right behind him with a big fish which B is enjoying.

    53. Helen September 16, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

      Baby on nest 6:22 a.m.

    54. Betsy September 16, 2016 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Brutus was first to the nest. I should just copy what I put yesterday morning!! 😀 😀

      • Betsy September 16, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

        And, George delivers a fish

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

        I went back and checked yesterday’s times…the video was acting up last night and it was so similar this a,m, to yesterday a.m. that I was afraid we were getting re-runs!!!

        • Betsy September 17, 2016 at 11:33 pm - Reply

          CarolV: There’s a date now along with the time on the frame!! 😀 😀

    55. Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      At 18:03, George brought Brutus dinner.

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm - Reply

        The camera shook at 19:14:09 as when an osprey lands on the perch (audio on the video stream was on an intermittent out). At 19:17:52, someone flew off the perch carrying what looked like a whole fish – I think it must have been Brutus dragging her dinner around!!

        I enhanced the second picture to see more clearly!!

    56. CarolV September 15, 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Haven’t gone thru all comments posted…will catch up in a.m. Just want to say- I kid about Brutus being “grateful” in a sarcastic tone…I have no expectation of gratitude as we know it. Brutus is doing exactly what she needs to learn- fish in foot=bad attitude toward anyone nearby=keeping fish. No kisses and hugs for parent, no sharing with sibs…survival is only rule. And just as George took care of Sandy last year, he is taking care of Brutus this year. We are learning a lesson in reality….no expectations on how things SHOULD be….first born/ biggest doesn’t mean most competent. In a real comparison to our species, each individual is a different case of different abilities; no judgments on them not meeting a certain set of parameters. At least, that’s what I’m taking away from this year’s surprising outcome.

      Hope everyone gets out to see that HUGE Harvest Moon ! Even seeing it around 7 p.m., while the was still light, it looked beautiful! Taking the lucky dog for a moon-viewing walk shortly.
      FORECAST: 63 now,some clouds after midnight but mostly clear and; low 60s, high 50s overnight…………Friday- sunny and 70

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

        Trying for moon shot taken on my phone……………..about 10:15pm

        • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

          Like day time-almost….shortly after this, video went nutso- technical term- hope it’s back by morning

      • Betsy September 16, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

        CarolV: We, at least I and some others I’m sure, know your sense of humor by now!! So, no need to explain yourself about Brutus’ “appreciation” of the fish deliveries!! I found your captions hilarious!! But, yes, lessons to be learned by all. And, appreciation for differences among people and animals/birds — empathy is what counts.

        Your picture of the moon came out gorgeous!!

    57. Rjoneal September 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      9-15-16 CarolV -it looks like you have a Gravatar account you just need to pick a picture and attach it.
      After you login edit profile and you should be able to use one of your pictures that you have saved from George and Gracie or you can pick any picture you want. When you get some time look st again it really is easy you just got to play with it a little bit and you’ll figure it out.
      You want to talk about a pain we just had to update my iPhone and everything on it is completely different I absolutely hate the new update and there’s no way around it. They change the messaging the email the way your pictures are arranged I hate it all I’m so disappointed I won’t be using my iPhone that much anymore. UGgg!

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        I signed up yesterday on your advice and will try to find my inner gravatar to post!
        And I hate the way i-phone has changed e-mails too! My prob with phone texting is plain old fat fingers/little letters issue. Use my stick thing when I can find it, but it’s too slow.

    58. rjoneal September 15, 2016 at 8:58 pm - Reply

      9-15-16 DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN THEY ALL LOOKED LIKE THIS? 7-11-16 3 babies in a row (check out Rockys Crop ! )

    59. rjoneal September 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      9-15-16 Bre this pic is for G&G feeding the 3 babies 6-10-16

    60. CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      6:03pm–BIIIGGGGGG one, George..Brutus grateful a ever………

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm - Reply

        Brutus checking out the scenery before she lugs off Moby……………

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        Just noticed the look on Brutus’ face! Does she looked wide-eyed with amazement??!!!

    61. CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      4:15pm- George brings in a large headless fish….

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:47 pm - Reply

        George makes sure his toes are safe…………….

        • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm - Reply

          Brutus ready to exit with the fish to eat out………………

    62. alizarin September 15, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

      Bre (and anyone else who wants a calendar): I will email a pdf file to you which you can then print out the pages (one for each month). The page size is 11 x 17 (tabloid) so if you don’t have access to a printer that can output pages this size, you can take the file to Staples, OfficeDepot or any copy center near you. This is the easiest way for me to share the calendar without passing on printing and shipping charges. And instead of collecting a design fee, I’m suggesting to make a donation to your local rehab center if you can–it’s not mandatory so if you are unable to do this you can still ask for a calendar.

      Regarding the beak kiss photo, I don’t think that specific photo made it into the calendar but there are a few images of other beak kisses throughout the months.

      So email me alizarin (at) if you want a calendar. I will send it out after George and Brutus migrate.

    63. Margaret R September 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Betsy.. Really enjoyed watching that

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome Margaret.

    64. Redkayak September 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      A penny for your thoughts

      • June c September 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm - Reply

        ?should I stay or should I go?

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm - Reply

        Redkayak: “Where’s Dad?? Where’s my fish??!! … My throat hurts from hollering so much, let me be quiet for a second!” 😀

    65. Paula September 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Hi All,

      At 12:30 I saw Brutus fly off the nest towards the water and then right back to the nest. I just wonder if she got traumatized by Hermine when she took off last week and she has lost her confidence and that’s why she isn’t hunting for herself? I haven’t seen her bring in her own catch all week!

      • Margaret R September 15, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

        Paula– I am thinking that is exactly what happened as to why Brutus hasn’t left yet. He/she seems to have regressed.. not fishing for he/her food and coming to the nest more.

      • Elaine September 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

        Paula: Maybe Brutus is suffering from a form of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” from Hermine.

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        Paula and Margaret: I think that’s a very strong possibility. S/he definitely seems to have regressed.

    66. Helen September 15, 2016 at 10:00 am - Reply

      George just brought little one fish which he grabbed out of his beak. George then flew off. what a pa! 9:20 am

      • Betsy September 16, 2016 at 6:24 am - Reply


        • Betsy September 16, 2016 at 6:28 am - Reply

          I put this here by accident!! I was trying to hurry loading up the page after my previous comment because it can take soooooo long!! 😀

    67. Marlene September 15, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

      At 6:29 a.m., George delivers a headless fish to Brutus. I can’t believe he/she still needs to be pampered! Probably doesn’t want to get his footsies wet. He flew back to the nest around 7:38 and hung around until 8:12. Guess still hungry. It looks like the spool is rewinding, as I saw the same episode at approximately 8:45, without sound. I bet our friends down below the nest who gave us this wonderful gift of nature will be glad when this season is over. But thanks for all you do, fellas. Very much appreciated. Have a great day, everyone. Weather really cooled down. I bet George wants to head south. Wonder where Ali and Gracie are. Hope they are both safe in their own areas.

    68. CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:52 am - Reply

      The sound of silence- still no audio and I miss her voice!

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:54 am - Reply

        OOPS! Wrong image…right picture, unedited

        • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply


          • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

            CarolV: 😀 (I was trying to peep at what you have on your computer!! 😀 😀 )

            • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:22 pm

              Boring, huh? No chippendales, no gambling on line………….

    69. GinaM September 15, 2016 at 7:47 am - Reply

      The sun shines on Princess Brutus as she sits on the nest crying for her morning delivery. September 15th. Let’s build her a greenhouse so she can stay on the nest all winter. 🙂

      I haven’t read comments in a while- I hope this was taken today!

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

        GinaM: Yes, it was!! 😀

    70. CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Morning, Sunshine!……………………”WHERE”S MY BREAKFAST!”

      • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

        6:29amEDT- Does a face-plant going for the fish–headless, med. size

        • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

          Flying her feather flags as she claims the fish

          • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

            BYE,DAD!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            George gets away, toes intact……..

            • CarolV September 15, 2016 at 7:22 am

              Gotta have a sunrise shot..B took off right after this………

    71. Helen September 15, 2016 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Baby on nest 6:25 am – eating

    72. Betsy September 15, 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

      George flew to the nest this morning

      • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 6:40 am - Reply

        Brutus beat him there

        • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 6:41 am - Reply

          George brought Brutus breakfast

          • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

            And, Brutus practically falls over in her/his eagerness to get the fish

            • Betsy September 15, 2016 at 6:48 am

              After eating some of it on the nest, Brutus flies away, fish in talon

    73. rjoneal September 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

      9-14-16 As we get to the end of the Season 2016 do not forget that Betsy has posted her You-Tube channel under her Gravatar pic which is Gracie on the left side of her name by comments. If we know Betsy she will always being thinking of something that we will enjoy and make a video. Also you can find my email under my Gravatar pic which is Gracie feather- duster pic and June C.has info under her Gravatar as well. I hope everyone checks in throughout the winter like last year and especially during the Holidays. We will be here like always awaiting the return of George first then Gracie. Do not forget about reading any of the books that have been mentioned during the winter and of course do some shopping at the Osprey Zone Store. Take advantaged of all the pics and videos posted this year when you get to feeling that empty nest syndrome it will be sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart all over again.
      I am hoping Tommy gets a farewell like last year but what are the chances of that ever happening again?
      Love my Osprey Family and Followers !

    74. Marlene September 14, 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Hi, Aidan, is there a problem with the four-hour look-back? When I hold my left mouse button over the red dot and scroll forward, everything is black. If I take my finger off the mouse, only then can I view the nest. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? Thank you, Aidan.

      • Leesa September 16, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

        Yes, I’m experiencing the same issue. Glad it’s not just me! But hope it gets resolved. It’s hard to scroll back and have to just stop every few minutes to check the nest! At least it happened at the end of the season, and not during the main events. Hopefully it will be an easy fix for our amazing OZ team!

    75. rjoneal September 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm - Reply

      9-14-16 CarolV- Let me clarify I meant to say you call me (Tiger mom) your words were – (RJONEAL- you are like a tiger-mom- you defend with the passion you seem to put in to all you do!) BTW sorry if it offend you since you felt you needed to clarify.

      • CarolV September 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm - Reply

        You are a tiger mom- in the good way!!! Not offended.thought it was funny!!!

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